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Herbstreit rips Pryor a new one

Former Ohio State quarterback and current ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit currently resides in Columbus and even has a regular radio gig in the heart of Buckeye Nation.

After his scorched-earth diatribe against the Buckeyes’s current starting quarterback on College GameDay this morning, a change of address — or the witness protection program — may be in the offing for Herbie.

In a discussion about the trials and tribulations of quarterback Terrelle Pryor, Herbstreit absolutely went off on the sophomore.  I mean off off.  Off in a “that man kicked my wife and slept with my dog” kinda way.

After fellow analyst Desmond Howard got the discussion started by saying he believed Pryor and the Buckeyes would get things back on track, Herbstreit hit the “FIRE!” button and launched his verbal assault.

“It remains to be seen if I think they can get it back on track,” Herbstreit said in a grouping of words that turned out to be the kindest, gentlest thing he had to say.  “I think there are bigger issues here than just Terrelle Pryor had a bad game against Purdue.

“The thing that I see, is, Terrelle Pryor came in with all the attention and all the hype and all of the athletic ability, and you don’t see him progressing to become a complete ‘quarterback’.  Knowing down and distance, knowing about the play clock, knowing what hash you’re on.  Being able to read defenses, being able to just grow and develop as a quarterback.

“Listen, we’ve watched Tate Forcier as a true freshman have a better understanding of what it means to be a quarterback than Terrelle Pryor.  We’ve seen Matt Barkley as a true freshman have a better understanding of being a quarterback and what that means than Terrelle Pryor.  So he is not advancing as a quarterback, and to me that is more alarming — and the fact they can’t find a system that fits his abilities — is more alarming than any of the numbers coming off a bad game against Purdue.

“This is a big deal.”

Lee Corso then suggested that OSU run the football to take some of the pressure off Pryor.  Herbstreit answered Corso’s suggestion with even more personal jabs at Pryor, and added some biting shots at the offensive line for good measure.

“They can’t run the ball because they have one of the biggest underachieving offensive lines in the last ten years in college football history.  And they are uninspired, uninspired consistently, so you can’t run the football.

Terrelle Pryor allegedly runs a 4.3 forty… that means you run away from defenders if you run a 4.3 forty.  That’s like having a 100 mile-per-hour fastball.  He’s playing like he runs a 5.3 forty, not a 4.3 forty.  He lumbers horizontally.  He doesn’t get up field and run with the football… he looks shackled, he looks confused, his body language is terrible.  Other than that he’s playing well.”

Ummm, wow?

I don’t know who urinated in Herbstreit’s Cheerios this morning, but I’m thinking Herbie believes they were clad in Scarlet & Gray.

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14 Responses to “Herbstreit rips Pryor a new one”
  1. Dug says: Oct 24, 2009 12:34 PM

    Holy sh**, Kirk, don’t hold back. Tell us how you really feel.

  2. hrmlss says: Oct 24, 2009 12:50 PM

    Sweet, Kirk! The kid needs a wake up call, and he may have just gotten it. But Iowa will pick him off 4 times, and sack him 3 times, so it doesn’t matter anyway. Go Hawks!

  3. manginiwithcheese says: Oct 24, 2009 1:36 PM

    Herbie just said what needed to be said. I’ve been watching Pryor every week for the past year and a half and he really hasn’t gotten better.
    Is it the coaches or the player? The answer would be easier to find if this team could actually run the football like they used to.

  4. Fapplejax says: Oct 24, 2009 2:13 PM

    Herbstreit definitely overcompensates when it comes to Ohio State. He doesn’t want to be labeled as a homer on a national broadcast, so he goes out of his way to bash them when things aren’t as good as they could be.

  5. Pier588 says: Oct 24, 2009 3:19 PM

    Great, on the money comments; Pryor should have a tape made of them and refer to them daily for the rest of his career.

  6. CYGNUS X-1 says: Oct 24, 2009 3:51 PM

    finaly somebody who does not make excuses for a overhyped athlete.I hate it when ah he is just young and learning crap comes up when things are going bad wih kids like him and claussen.if you were as good as your clippings they would not be so grow up already!amd since he played the position he knows what he is talking about so good job.

  7. NelsonLRodriguez says: Oct 24, 2009 3:57 PM

    I guess Erin Andrews didn’t give Herby any this week…. Glad to see TP silenced a few critics this week…

  8. osuone says: Oct 24, 2009 4:18 PM

    Without being redundant, I agree with every word Herbie said this morning. I heard it first hand. This is not the way a number 1 high school recruit should be playing after 19 games! I have beens saying this for the past 2 weeks. Pryor is not improving!
    What scares me right now is that if Tressel, a quarterback coach, cannot make a great quarterback out of Pryor then all top future quarterback prospects may go elsewhere believing they will not get the necessary training at OSU. OSU is not noted for being a top quarterback factory.

  9. JosieWales says: Oct 24, 2009 6:04 PM

    As a former Buckeye player, Herbstreit has a lot of pride and sometimes lets his frustration show when the program gets embarassed. You may recall his harsh assessment of OSU’s performance immediately following the second championship game loss to LSU.
    He didn’t say anything that was not true and merely echoes the sentiments of many frustrated fans. He’s a top analyst in my view and adds a lot to the ESPN team.

  10. Codename says: Oct 25, 2009 1:59 AM

    He pretty much said what every Buckeye fan in Columbus has been saying. We don’t hate Pryor, we just expect more.

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